From the book Fields Of Blood by Karen Armstrong: “One of the many intertwined motives driving men to the battlefield has been the tedium and pointlessness of ordinary domestic existence. The same hunger for intensity would compel others to become monks and ascetics.”
I’ve said how true martial artists are among the most religious of people. They contemplate, in practice, issues of living, pain, suffering and death on a regular basis. That necessarily invites more profound critical thinking and opens the door to higher consciousness.